This is not your father's list of classics. In these delightful essays, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda introduces nearly ninety of the world's most entertaining books. Writing with affection as well as authority, Dirda covers masterpieces of fantasy and science fiction, horror and adventure, as well as epics, history, essay, and children's literature. Organized thematically, these are works that have shaped our imaginations. "Love's Mysteries" moves from Sappho and Arthurian romance to Soren Kierkegaard and Georgette Heyer. In other categories Dirda discusses not only "Dracula" and "Sherlock Holmes" but also the Tao Te Ching and Icelandic sagas, Frederick Douglass and Fowler's "Modern English Usage". Whether writing about Petronius or Perelman, Dirda makes literature come alive. "Classics for Pleasure" is a perfect companion for any reading group or lover of books.
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PRAISE FOR MICHAEL DIRDA"For some time now, the best book critic in America has been Michael Dirda."--"The New York Observer"
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Book Description Harcourt, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: CONTENTS Love's Mysteries Sappho Arthurian Romance Marie Madeleine de La Fayette Soren Kierkegaard George Meredith C.P. Cavafy Georgette Heyer Anna Akhmatova Daphne Du Maurier Words from the Wise Lao-tse Heraclitus Cicero Desiderius Erasmus The English Religious Tradition Benedict Spinoza Samuel Johnson Playful Imaginations Lucian Denis Diderot Thomas Love Peacock Max Beerbohm Jaroslave Hasek Ivy Compton-Burnett S.J. Perelman Edward Gorey Italo Calvino Heroes of Their Time Beowulf Alboqasem Ferdowsi Icelandic Sagas Christopher Marlowe Emile Zola Ernst Junger James Agee Everyday Magic Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Classic Fairy Tales E.T. A. Hoffmann Prosper Merimee Frances Hodgson Burnett E Nesbit/John Masefield Walter de la Mare Italo Calvino Lives of Consequence Plutarch Girolamo Cardano John Aubrey Alexander Pope Jean-Jacques Rousseau Frederick Douglass Frederick Burckhardt Henry James W.H. Auden The Dark Side John Webster James Hogg Mary Shelley Sheridan Le Fanu Bram Stoker M.R. James William Roughead H.P. Lovecraft Traveler's Tales Thomas More Daniel Defoe Xavier de Maistre Jules Verne J.K. Huysmans Isak Dinesen Robert Byron The Way We Live Now Petronius Elizabeth Gaskell Ivan Goncharov Eda de Queiros Anton Chekhov Jean Toomer Willa Cather Louis-Ferdinand Celine Zora Neale Hurston Eudora Welty Realms of Adventure H. Rider Haggard Arthur Conan Doyle Rudyard Kipling H.G. Wells G.K. Chesterton Agatha Christie Dashiell Hammett Encyclopedic Visions Ovid Robert Burton Edward Gibbon J.G. Frazer H.W. Fowler Ezra Pound Andre Malraux Philip K. Dick. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151012512
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